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Residence of Daisen | A house designed to fit in between the gaps of trees

Residence of Daisen (1)photos by Koji Fujii | click to enlarge

“The figures of the trees are beautiful. They are the legitimate habitants of the forest.”

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“Trunks reaching towards the sky with bountiful leaves. The figures of the trees are beautiful. They are the legitimate habitants of the forest,” says architect Keisuke Kawaguchi, describing the forest where he designed a home to fit in between the gaps of trees.

Residence of Daisen, named after the mountain in Tottori prefecture where the house rests, is made up of several containers positioned in open areas of the forest. They’re connected by passageways that strategically meander around trees. But the topography of the land wasn’t the only field that required careful study. In the winter Daisen gets between 6 -7 feet of snow. By raising the house off the ground on pillars the architects not only prevented potential snowfall problems but also allowed for more breeze to pass through the home. It’s a home that, in the truest sense of the phrase, coexists with nature.

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6 comments

1 Jerome { 07.01.13 at 12:14 am }

I live near Daisen and I would really like to know more about this house! I showed the post around me but no clue for now…

2 Johnny { 07.01.13 at 9:55 am }

Jerome – you mean a physical address, right? I did a little snooping but turned up with nothing. Short of scanning the area on google satellite, I can’t think of any other way.

3 Jerome { 07.01.13 at 10:09 am }

Thank you, yes physical address. I did some search and many blogs posted the same pics and I could find some more that gave me an idea of where it could be.
such a house in the area is quite unusual (to say the least), this is really a rural area and not very ‘design’ oriented on that matter. So quite interested to see it by myself (if possible of course). I think I’ll find it. Thanks again for the post.

4 aurelia-m { 07.03.13 at 4:12 pm }

Vivre dans les arbres, quel bonheur! Dommage que les propriétaires n’aient pas plutôt privilégié une construction en bois

5 Patrick Murphy { 07.17.13 at 8:17 pm }

Love this idea. Most organic way to be atone with the environment of the forest – naturally makes for an interesting living space in that it , the various rooms, ‘meander’ through the trees – looks like room is left for the width of the trees to widen over the years….

6 bela { 07.26.13 at 12:48 pm }

This is a beautiful idea. However, the problem is that the trees will eventually die or get blown over in storms and when they fall they will crush the house. I know because I live in a house with 150ft pine trees all around and several have blown over in storms and damaged the house, although thank god none have cut it completely in half so far.